Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay Celebrates UCC Heritage

The UCC’s Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a life plan community serving more than 300 residents, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on May 23 and pay tribute to its founder, the Rev. John Whitney MacNeil, a Congregationalist/UCC minister.

“During our 50th anniversary year, Plymouth Harbor remembers the fascinating story of a man’s vision that ignited the passion of others to create a community for older adults where they could live, grow and age with both grace and dignity,” says Harry E. Hobson, Plymouth Harbor’s president and CEO. “We carry on that tradition of excellence today, while firmly setting our sights on the future — striving to continually innovate and evolve to meet the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s older adults.”

Plymouth Harbor is one of 10 residential communities in Florida related to the United Church of Christ. As a member of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, Plymouth Harbor represents the passion-driven movement that characterizes the UCC’s long history in healing and service ministries,” says Michael J. Readinger, CHHSM’s president and CEO.

“What Rev. MacNeil founded in 1966 represents the best of the United Church of Christ’s commitment to identifying community needs and addressing them with a passion for making life better for people,” Readinger said. “Plymouth Harbor is not only a distinctive retirement community where older adults are served well, but it’s a place from where excellence in community service emanates. Each year, Plymouth Harbor residents and staff contribute more than 10,000 volunteer hours in the Sarasota Bay area.”

The 50th anniversary commemorative event will take place at Plymouth Harbor’s Mayflower Restaurant and Café on May 23, where Sarasota’s Vice Mayor Suzanne Atwell will share a proclamation honoring Plymouth Harbor’s many contributions to the city.

Plymouth Harbor is located on the Sarasota Bay between Bird Key and St. Armands Circle with vistas of the Gulf, Bay and the City of Sarasota. It offers customized living residents, home care, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy services.  Visit for more information.

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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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